More often among water fairies the tempers were female fairies, and the myths are full of love stories similar to the story «Johnny Croy and his Mermaid Bride» (http://www.orkneyjar.com/folklore/jcroy.htm).
was the most hansom and courageous boy in all Orkney Islands. Once he
caught a floating tree at the sea shore and heard a perfect voice singing an
extraordinary captivating melody. It was a mermaid of unusual beauty, which sat
on a stone and combed her golden hair. Johnny crept imperceptibly behind to a
perfect creature and kissed her. The mermaid escaped from his hands and rushed
in the sea, having dropped a gold crest. When she saw the crest in Johnny's
hands, she from water asked him to return it to her. Johnny answered, that he
was not going to give the crest back to her, that he fell in love with her and
he would not be able to love anyone else and asked her to stay with him. The
mermaid knowing, that only having a human beloved,
she could keep her youth and beauty, asked him
to come with her to her people, where he would be very rich and was not agree on
any arrangements. At last, the mermaid was frightened by people approaching and
left. When Johnny came home, he told his mother about this. Johnny's mother,
Granny Croy, was a very wise woman, she told her son: «To receive this sea
maiden, you should hide her crest very carefully; it is her most dear treasure.
Hold it, and you will have power over her. But be wise, my son, accept my
advice: throw the crest in the sea, and forget her. People of the sea are not
people of God”.
Johnny Croy could not forget the charming mermaid. He hid the crest carefully
and could not fall asleep, thinking about the beauty all night long. At dawn he
was woken by the familiar melody. It was she. She was sitting at the bottom of
his bed and was so magnificent, that Johnny tried to
say a pray, but because of delight his lip did not obey him.
The mermaid asked him again about the crest and offered Johnny to live with her
in the crystal palace under water. Johnny did not concede. Then the mermaid
“I am making the perfect offer to you. I shall be your wife, and I shall live here with you for seven years, if you swear to go with me and everything, that will be ours, to visit my people after that time”. Johnny was in the seventh heaven with happiness and swore to keep the bargain. They got married and lived happily and in prosperity, having given birth to seven children.
When the seventh year passed, the perfect wife began to collect stuff for the trip. But Johnny's mother, Granny Croy, was doing some preparations also. At night she insensibly took out the youngest grandson from the cradle. She made fire, heated up an iron cross, and then she put a cross on a naked body of the child.
the morning, when Johnny with six children was already in a boat, the
wife-mermaid went to take the smallest from the cradle. But at the moment, when
she touched him, she felt awful burning pain and started back with wild shout.
Up to the coast she went with the hung head and sobbed, that she could not take
the child with her. There was a strong wind, and the boat with the family Croy
quickly disappeared behind the horizon. Neither Johnny, nor his perfect wife and
their six children were noticed in Orkney again.
brought up the kid and named him Corsa Croy, who became the bravest and the most
beautiful boy on islands. When his grandmother died, Corsa Croy took the sward.
He participated in crusades, and people said that the enemies fell before his
sward like thistles. He happily settled down in a southern country, gave birth
to many children and became rich and known, because the
descendants of sea people are always beautiful and successful.